The SpaceWelcome to our family home on our small working farm not far from Oamaru. We love our peaceful farm location. Here you will find all the aspects of a rural lifestyle, yet the township of Oamaru is only a 5 minute drive away!
Our rural farmstay/homestay is located less than a 10 minute drive from the Historic Victorian Precinct and Blue Penguin viewing in Oamaru, so you get the best of both worlds! For a memorable experience why not spend a night or two immersed in the culture of a small working farm and get to know the locals.
Guest accommodation is within our spacious family home which is nestled amongst trees and gardens on a hillside. We farm a total of 200 acres, mainly beef cattle as well as a small number of sheep. In Kiwi terms our farm is considered to be on the small side, however a stay with us will give you an insight into the farming lifestyle.
We have pet sheep which can be hand fed and patted, as well as 3 friendly farm dogs, alpaca, pigs, house cats Tansy & Prim, Greta the naughty goat, chickens and ducks. From late August to early October we also hand rear calves so guests staying during that time have the opportunity to pitch in and help.
In spring and summer we usually have an extensive vegetable garden growing which you are welcome to explore.
* Ardgowan Room has a king size bed which can also become 2 single beds. A single trundle bed can also be set up in this room for a 3rd person.
* Airedale Room has a king size bed which can also become 2 single beds.
Electric blankets are on all beds. Linen, towels & locally produced artisan soap provided.
Please note - children are NOT free. We charge per person regardless of age. Enquire first about children less than 3 years of age as our home is not suitable for really young children.
Large GUEST SHARE bathroom. Heated towel rail, shower, bathtub and hairdryer. Separate GUEST SHARE toilet.
* Continental Breakfast daily - assorted cereals, yoghurt, toast, jams (usually homemade), freshly baked scones or similar, fruit.
* Afternoon Tea is you arrive between 3 & 4 pm.
* Brief tour of farm to feed the animals (dependant on weather and time available). During the busy summer months this tour is only available between 3 & 5pm - make sure you arrive in time so as not to miss out!
* Limited Free wifi.
* Evening meal $30 per person for main & dessert. At least 2 days notice required. This is shared with our family and is a great way of getting to know one another.
* Sheep Shearing or Working Dog Demonstration. Please enquire for prices. If interested in either demonstration mention at time of booking as availability is dependant on my husband's work schedule and weather conditions.
An outdoor gas BBQ is available for your use should you wish to cook your own evening meal, we provide BBQ utensils. New Zealand weather is very fickle so outdoor cooking is not always suitable.
Other kitchen facilities are NOT available, however you can store food in our fridge if you need to.
We recommend a 2 night stay so you have plenty of time to visit historic Oamaru - I think you'll be impressed with what there is on offer in this part of the world. The scenery is breathtaking and there is much to see and do. We would love to have you stay at our farmstay and get to know our little part of New Zealand! Guest AccessCertain areas of the house are not available for guest access as this is also our family home. You are however more than welcome to share our lounge room which is especially nice during winter months when the fireplace is roaring. Our kitchen is NOT available for guest's to cook in except for making a cup of tea/coffee. Guests are more than welcome to wander the flower and vegetable gardens.
Access to the farm itself is restricted. A member of our family will guide you on the farm tour to feed the animals. You are welcome to go walking but please ask first to find out safe areas - we fatten bulls which can be quite dangerous. Interaction with GuestsWorking from home gives me the freedom to be around however some times life gets really busy and time is precious. We do however really enjoy meeting folks from all parts of the world and have in the past had some interesting and entertaining conversations which are the rewarding part of hosting guests.
I'm usually available to answer any questions you may have :) The NeighborhoodWe love the uniqueness of Oamaru, and it is home to wonderful Victorian buildings made from Oamaru stone including the Opera House, Museum and a collection of historic buildings in Harbour Street. They even hold a Victorian Heritage Celebration in November. There's a fabulous Farmers Market held in the Victorian Precinct every Sunday, where you can purchase local produce, visit arts & crafts shops, see local shopkeepers dressed in Victorian style clothes.
If you enjoy bird watching then just down the road us you will find Devils Bridge Wetlands. And on the subject of birds - Oamaru is home to Blue Penguins and Yellow Eyed Penguins - its a bit of a bird lovers paradise really!
What else can you find around Oamaru? There are coastal walks and mountain bike riding - the Alps2Ocean Bike Trail passes by Oamaru. Steampunk has set up headquarters here so make sure you check out their displays. The local Oamaru Gardens are a sight to behold, especially in springtime. And did I mention there are some amazing cafes & bakerys around town? Just out of town is Riverstone, an award winning restaurant with amazing vegetable gardens and gift shop. Oamaru is the perfect base for daytrips to Elephants Rocks & Vanishing World, Moeraki Boulders, the lakes, Kurow and its winerys. Getting AroundWe are in a rural location so most suitable for self-drive travellers or keen cyclists. For a fee we can provide pick up & drop off for small travel groups (2 to 3 people). Other Things to NoteAccess to the house is via a staircase, so not suitable for wheelchairs or those with restricted mobility. There are also a small number of stairs inside the house.
All guests use the same bathroom/toilet facilities (these are not shared with the host family though). Please be considerate of others.